“Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin in a letter to M. Leroy, 1789.
“Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. Wars are no longer waged by the will of superior men, capable of judging dispassionately and intelligently the causes behind them and the effects flowing out of them. The are now begun by first throwing a mob into a panic; they are ended only when it has spent its ferine fury.”
― H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women, section 13.
“All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.”
John Quincy Adams, 1809
“The one distinct feature of our Association has been the right of the individual opinion for every member. We have been beset at every step with the cry that somebody was injuring the cause by the expression of some sentiments that differed with those held by the majority of mankind. The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires.” Susan B Anthony
“The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared.”
George S. Patton, 1944
“Time is very slow for those who wait,
Very fast for those who are scared,
Very long for those who lament,
Very short for those who celebrate,
But for those who love, time is eternal.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
Henry David Thoreau, 1865